Hello, I am trying to sell my Orange prototype, with a crack in it. It has orange ali forks on it and a few other bits and bats. I have no idea about the price.
You might think with Orange being the UK's leading mtb brand and retrobike being the leading website for historic mtbs, somebody with a possibly unique historic Orange might be welcomed more warmly! But then you might think lots of nice things, but few of them would come true.
My own advice would be to spend a few minutes cleaning the bike, take a better picture of it, and post it in the Readers Bikes -->1997 sub-forum without asking for a valuation. My reasoning is that I don't think anybody knows what it might be worth anyway, but a discussion about it and where it sits in Orange history might tell you something useful. And along the way, I wouldn't be surprised if you received offers for the fork, stem and brakes. You do need to split it, because the person who wants the frame may not be the same person who wants the other bits.
My own starter is that it dates from 1992 or 93, and at that time the Prestige was coming to the end of its run so the lads may well have been evaluating alternatives. In the end, they decided on the P7 approach. If it was mine and if I lived close to the factory, I'd take it down there and ask them about it.
I don't think the frame itself is actually worth much as a work of art. There are collectors who keep bikes as museum pieces, but Oranges tend to be owned by people who ride them rather than by the garage queen types. It could be repaired easily enough, but Bob Jackson charges £70 for a new chainstay and then you've got paint to think about. The repaired frame probably wouldn't be worth as much as you had spent on it.
But if you want to sell it as an historic object, the more you find out about its history the better.